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Apple, Groupon, Khan Academy, and Etsy all started as humble side projects that bloomed into global enterprises. With so many online legal services available to help you start, the process is daunting for many first time founders. This checklist covers the most important aspects of incorporating your business so you can move forward confidently. For a majority of businesses, the choice is between an LLC or a Corporation (two types) For startups seeking to raise capital, incorporating as a C-Corporation is the gold standard. Delaware and Wyoming offer strong legal protections and low taxation and administrative costs.